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Rising land values mean pitfalls for Rock County farmers


That value is more theoretical than practical because most farmers aren’t selling their land unless they’re retiring. Instead, its primary impact on active farmers is an increase in land rental rates, said Nick Baker, the UW Extension agriculture agent for Rock County.

This stand of Japanese Knotweed located in New London reaches nearly 10 feet tall. Residents who discover the plant should report it immediately (if on public land) and or have it destroyed and removed (if on private land).  John Faucher photo

Japanese knotweed invades Hortonville

Waupaca County News

According to the University of Wisconsin Extension, the plant often spreads by its roots, which can grow up to 6 feet deep and extend over 60 feet horizontally. It can also spread from seed or small cuttings that fall to the ground.


DNR project collecting wildlife photos in Jackson County

La Crosse Tribune 

The photos collected will offer the unique opportunity to view wildlife in their normal routines in the wild and the data will help researchers better understand Wisconsin’s ecological landscapes. Snapshot Wisconsin is a project led by Wisconsin DNR in partnership with University of Wisconsin and UW-Extension


Organic farm tours, vegetable tasting offered

Wausau Daily Herald

The University of Wisconsin Department of Horticulture and the Marathon County UW-Extension office are inviting the public to attend an interactive field day on organic vegetable variety trials and production.


Farm succession webinar series will begin Thursday


UW Extension offices across the state will begin a webinar series Thursday on different farm succession topics.

The first webinar will focus on leasing agricultural land and will be followed by a presentation on production costs and farmland rental rates. The workshop will provide information on agricultural leasing rights for both landlords and tenants, according to a news release.


Committee favors moving UW-Extension office out of airport basement

Star Journal 

Following several years of complaints and ongoing discussions about the odor of diesel exhaust in the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport basement, where the county’s University of Wisconsin-Extension office is located, the county’s Conservation and UW-Extension Committee backed a motion Monday to move the UW-Extension out of the airport basement to a desirable location acceptable to the office’s staff.


UW Extension Shares Tips For Back to School Routines

Door County Daily News

UW-Extension Family Living Advice: Starting a new school year is always a big transition for families.  Routines can help make the first weeks of school easier for the entire family.  Routines are important because they give children a sense of security and control.  Children learn what to expect at different times of the day.


Managing wasps and yellow jackets

Green Bay Press-Gazette

From UW-Extension agents: In August, the wasp population peaks up and they actively scavenge foods rich in sweets and carbohydrates which naturally draw them to picnic spots, gardens, and outdoor cookout areas in search of juices and leftover foods in garbage cans, trash bags, and around overripe fruits.